Who is the Enemy of the State?
With all the recent goings on in Congress, and the gutting of the last protections afforded by our Constitution in the name of "fighting terrorism", Gene Callahan has put forth one solidly irrefutable piece of logic in an article called, "Welcome to Fascist America":
MacKinnon considers all of those involved in revealing the sordid collection of secret programmes that have been launched by the Bush administration as "traitors" who have publicized these schemes "purely because they don’t like the policies of the new president." Well, he’s right in that "they don’t like the policies" that they consider unconstitutional violations of our rights. Far from "aiding the enemy," these revelations aided us, the American people, by letting us know what our government has in store for us.So, the next time you hear some Bush apologist make the claim that the State needs to keep its secrets "for our own good", ask them who is really viewed as the enemy – terrorists, or ordinary Americans?
Consider what the point of classifying these programmes was in the first place, and who they were being kept secret from. The jihadists no doubt already knew about the secret prisons – their friends are in them! They surely knew that the war in Iraq has been helping their recruiting – it’s their recruiting! ("Praise be to Allah, Abdul, I read in The NY Times that it is the Iraq War that is sending us these thousands of new recruits – who knew?") They no doubt suspect they may be wiretapped – what they didn’t know was that all the rest of us are, as well. No, not one of these leaks helps terrorists, nor was one of them classified to stop terrorists from finding them out. We were the ones who weren’t supposed to find out about them.
Its about time we face it…the terrorists don’t "hate us for our freedom"…. The politicians do!